The Argonaut Talc Mine November 11, 2017

This was our last official field trip of 2017 and HOLY CRAP WAS IT COLD!!! It was a balmy 19 degrees in Ludlow VT when we got to the Imerys Talc parking lot at 8:30 am. The ski area we could see from Rt 103 was making snow like crazy but not as crazy as we were for going there for Argonaut green Talc. There were 16 of us that braved the cold to finish out the season in the Argonaut. This is a first time location for the CVMC and to say we were excited is an understatement. We were in the mine right at 9am and after a brief safety talk and some mine history from Scott Rielly our host we headed off in search of Argonaut green. It didn't take long to find specimens but getting them chipped out of the frozen mud was a challenge. There was plenty of Talc to be found with some sheets measuring 12 or more in size. One boulder the size of a love seat had one whole side covered in a 2 layer of gemmy green Talc. There were plenty of other minerals to find there including Magnesite, Calcite, Quarts and Pyrite. One spectacular Pyrite specimen was found by Peter Ames and the tough part was getting it out of the frozen solid mud without damaging it. The temps didn't bother the group much, keeping moving along with the bright sun warming things up made for a very nice day for collecting. The group started trickling out about noon with all of us heading out and in search of coffee and hot chocolate by 2pm. At the end of the day everybody was able to find plenty of specimens and as is the norm, fun and frivolity made for a totally enjoyable day.

Andrew Brodeur, Trip leader

First set of photos by: Andrew Brodeur
Second set of photos by: Teresa Greenwood

First set of photos by: Andrew Brodeur

 

Second set of photos by: Teresa Greenwood